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Megaworld set to open La Salle-supervised school in Mactan Newtown

A student-centered learning institution under the supervision of the De La Salle Brothers will open this June for school year 20018-2019 within the Mactan development of property giant Megaworld and…

A student-centered learning institution under the supervision of the De La Salle Brothers will open this June for school year 20018-2019 within the Mactan development of property giant Megaworld and has been officially named “Newtown School of Excellence.”

Megaworld Cebu Properties, Inc. president Noli D. Hernandez said the school will initially offer classes for the nursery and kindergarten levels.

The Newtown School of Excellence is a partnership between Megaworld and the Lasallian Schools Supervision Services Association, Inc. (LASSSAI).

Newtown School of Excellence

Megaworld Cebu Properties, Inc. president Noli D. Hernandez (left) and Brother Narciso Erguiza Jr. shortly after the announcement of the opening of Newtown School of Excellence in the property giant’s township in Lapu-Lapu City.

It occupies around a hectare of space near the entrance of Mactan Newtown along the Mactan Circumferential Road. Megaworld has spent P240 million since it started building the school in 2014, according to Hernandez.

La Salle-supervised school

Brother Narciso Erguiza Jr., LASSSAI president, said a La Salle-supervised school is one that they don’t directly own but run for certain companies or groups under the same educational standards.

A De La Salle school operates with the learners as the central concept. Two other criteria they require for a school they run or supervise are that it must be a Catholic and there must be a good percentage of students from poor families, he added.

Newtown School of Excellence

Newtown School of Excellence. The school will initially offer classes for the nursery and kindergarten levels.

Erguiza cited they ensure that at least 20 percent of the student population are on full scholarships in all their schools. He added he would want to raise this to 30 percent in the Newtown School of Excellence.

“This school will primarily cater to the children of township homeowners, particularly those who live in our condominium developments. We will also cater to the children of the expat community and residents of Lapu-Lapu City and nearby towns and cities as well as the children of those working in nearby businesses and business process outsourcing companies,” said Hernandez.

Newtown School of Excellence

PRESS CONFERENCE. Harold Geronimo (right), Megaworld Senior Assistant Vice President and Head for Public Relations and Media Affairs, answers a question during the press conference to announce the opening of Newtown School of Excellence. 

Technology-based learning

The target is to add grade levels by school year until the Newtown School of Excellence will be running on full capacity up to Grade 12.

Erguiza said the school can accommodate around 1,000 students when it is fully operational.

Newtown School of Excellence

The Newtown School of Excellence, as with any De La Salle school, operates with the learners as the central concept.

The Newtown School of Excellence will have two main buildings when completed. The single-storey Kindergarten Building is composed of three classrooms, a library, playground, and multipurpose hall. On the other hand, the five-story Elementary Building will feature 21 classrooms, audio-visual rooms, computer rooms, music room, home economics room, prayer room, library and learning resource center, auditorium, covered court, physical education instruction room, science laboratories, clinic, and its own canteen.

According to Hernandez, the curricula in the different programs offered at the school will be technology-based and geared towards academic excellence and proficiency.

The Newtown School of Excellence will have two main buildings when completed. Megaworld has spent P240 million since it started building the school in 2014.

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8 Newtown Boulevard offers majestic view, top-of-the-line amenities

An infinity pool with a panorama of the Hilutungan Channel and Magellan Bay, a spa and gym with top-of-the-line equipment, and Japanese design features like a rock garden, Onsen room,…

An infinity pool with a panorama of the Hilutungan Channel and Magellan Bay, a spa and gym with top-of-the-line equipment, and Japanese design features like a rock garden, Onsen room, and a Niwa are just among the amenities that await unit owners of 8 Newtown Boulevard at the Megaworld township of Mactan Newtown in Lapu-Lapu City.

Megaworld Cebu Properties, Inc. president Noli D. Hernandez, who led a tour of the facilities for the residential towers, said these are scheduled for completion by the first quarter of 2016.

Many amenities for 8 Newtown Boulevard are located at the expanded open space on the fifth level which will connect all four 18 stories-high towers. The pool, called the Horizon Edge, borders the front central portion of this level for 61 meters.

8 Newtown Boulevard Horizon Edge

MAJESTIC VISTA. The Horizon Edge Pool, which is still undergoing finishing touches, offers a breathtaking view of the Hilutungan Channel.

 

8 Newtown Boulevard Room

ROOM WITH A VIEW. The vista from a unit that has been turned over to its owner.

 

8 Newtown Boulevard

FROM THE TOP. The view of the Horizon Edge Pool from the top of the scale model of 8 Newtown Boulevard.

 

Japanese theme

Jojo Hipolito, Megaworld assistant vice president for Cebu sales, said the infinity pool is nine meters wide and measures five feet at its deepest. A few steps down the pool deck is the Japanese rock garden and still at the fifth level but located indoors is the gym and spa.

Hernandez said Mactan Newtown’s first residential project 8 Newtown Boulevard has Japanese-inspired components, including an Onsen (hot spring bath) room and a Niwa or a traditional landscaped garden.

The Niwa will dominate the other side of the fifth level’s expanded open space and feature a man-made lake with a foot bridge.

There will be rooms where residents can experience Japanese hobbies like Ikebana (flower arrangement) and Origami (paper folding).

8 Newtown Boulevard

LOBBY. The lobby of one of the 8 Newtown Boulevard towers.

 

8 Newtown Boulevard Lobby

Another view of the lobby.

 

8 Newtown Boulevard Lobby

LOBBY CENTERPIECE. This interesting light fixture dominates the lobby and was manufactured here in Cebu.

 

Sea vistas

Harold Geronimo, Megaworld head of public relations and communications, said the 8 Newtown Boulevard towers have been positioned to maximize the sea vistas of Mactan.

“Megaworld has been known for developing a lot of world-class communities in Manila and elsewhere, but in Cebu, specifically in Mactan Newtown, we offer not only the township we are known for but the surrounding scenery as well,” Hernandez meanwhile said.

During the tour, he pointed out the huge and plush lobby for the first and second tower clusters and showed a combined unit at the 17th floor.

The second to the fourth floors will have business offices while residential units will make up the fifth to 18th levels of the 8 Newtown Boulevard towers.

8 Newtown Boulevard

VIDEOCOM. Jojo Hipolito (right), Megaworld assistant vice president for Cebu sales, shows to journalists and bloggers the video intercom feature in units at the 8 Newtown Boulevard.

 

 

8 Newtown Boulevard

WORLD-CLASS COMMUNITIES. Megaworld Cebu Properties, Inc. president Noli D. Hernandez (left) says Megaworld is known for developing world-class communities. At right is Harold Geronimo, Megaworld head of public relations and communications.


 

 

Sneak peek into 8 Newtown Boulevard

 
 

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